Trump touts manufacturing on trip to Wisconsin, where he lags Biden in
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[June 26, 2020]
By Jeff Mason
MARINETTE, Wis. (Reuters) - President
Donald Trump, trailing in national opinion polls ahead of the November
election, visited a shipbuilding facility in Wisconsin on Thursday to
tout his record on manufacturing and shore up support in the politically
Trump went to Fincantieri Marinette Marine, a naval construction company
in Marinette, after making an initial stop in Green Bay to take part in
a town hall meeting with Fox News.
The U.S. Navy in April awarded Italy's Fincantieri <FCT.MI> a $5.5
billion contract to build its newest class of warships known as
frigates, something Trump lauded in a post on Twitter as he arrived in
the Midwestern state.
Trump is well behind former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive
Democratic nominee, in polls in Wisconsin, a state Trump won narrowly in
The Republican president has come under pressure for his responses to
the coronavirus pandemic and to civil rights protests across the
country. Advisers want him to focus on his economic record before the
pandemic and convince voters that he is best placed to bring the country
back to economic strength.
Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas,
equating that effort with American renewal. At the shipyard, he said the
future of the facility had looked bleak not long ago but "then a lot of
good things came along."
"Manufacturing, remember, manufacturing was never going to come back.
Well it did come back. It came back big," Trump said.
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President Donald Trump delivers a speech following a tour of
Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, U.S., June 25,
2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Biden, who traveled to the battleground state of Pennsylvania on
Thursday, said Trump did not deserve credit for the success of the
area he was visiting.
"Today, Donald Trump is in Marinette to take credit for Obama-Biden
administration-fueled successes in an attempt to paper over the fact
that Wisconsin has been bleeding blue-collar manufacturing jobs over
the past few weeks," he said in a statement. "Instead of offering
real relief to working families, he's trying to claim credit for
progress in Marinette he did not build."
Wisconsin is one of a handful of states that Trump's advisers have
focused on for his re-election strategy, along with Michigan,
Pennsylvania and increasingly Arizona, which the president visited
The two trips this week have been official, White House-led trips
rather than campaign-sponsored ones, but the choice of states was
not coincidental. Trump's official return to the campaign trail on
Saturday in Oklahoma drew attention for the underwhelming size of
the crowd, spurring officials to rethink his signature rallies.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey;
Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Daniel Wallis)
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